Unusually, Subid looks at this ‘waste’, that he calls a ‘bi-product of development’, as having immense value and potential for beautiful creations. kids are crammed with trivial textbooks that hold negligible value in the world. Toys made are repairable, giving valuable lessons of self-reliance and sustainability. The process teaches values like care, share, patience and teamwork.
How do you learn about non-violence from waste materials? IITian-turned-toymaker Subid Ahimsa is the best person to answer the seemingly innocent question. Through making toys from ‘waste’ or low-cost/easily available materials, Subid is trying to spread the spirit of ‘ahimsa’. “Toys create happiness, the first gift to a child, the best next to care. I wish to spread the message of non-violence for a peaceful world,” he says. “I have chosen toys as good media to communicate this. It would be great if anyone is interested to develop this work.” Subid who was trained in toy-making from Arvind Gupta, a pioneer in making toys out of ordinary materials. “This two-day workshop is an attempt to give confidence to children that they can create anything if they have the determination and zeal. Also, it makes them understand the importance of waste management,” says Subid. Paper fans, puppets, flutes made of straw, magic paper wands, spinning toys using old CDs and flying toys are some of the things Subid makes to spread his message. “Toys made are repairable, giving valuable lessons of self-reliance and sustainability. The process teaches values like care, share, patience and teamwork,” says Subid.
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